JCB announces second US factory

A JCB (Michael Spring/Dreamstime)
UK headquartered machinery maker JCB plans to build a 67,000-sq-m factory on a 400 acre plot in San Antonio, Texas.

It will be the company’s second in the US following one built in Savannah, Georgia, in 2001. JCB employs 1,000 staff in the US.

The company is yet to announce which products will be manufactured at the new factory.

Lord Bamford, JCB chairman, said: “JCB has come a long way since selling its first machine to the US market in 1964.This new investment is good news for our North American customers and is a fantastic platform on which JCB can build.”

Graeme Macdonald, JCB chief executive, said: “North America is integral to the growth and success of JCB’s business in the future and the time is now right for JCB to expand its manufacturing presence there.

“Texas is a vibrant and growing economy, and the State offers great advantages in terms of a central location, as well as good highway and port access.

“The city of San Antonio also has a well-established skills base, which makes it a very attractive place to set up a factory.”

JCB has 22 factories, including 11 in the UK and others in India, Brazil and China.

Construction in San Antonio is due to begin in 2024.

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